Donald Moynihan served on the La Follette School faculty from 2005-2018 and as the school's director from 2016-18. His research examines the application of organization theory to public management issues such as performance, budgeting, homeland security, election administration, and employee behavior. In particular, he studies the selection and implementation of public management reforms.
Professor Moynihan, who served as Associate Director from 2009-2012, has presented his research on public sector performance to policymakers at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. His book, The Dynamics of Performance Management: Constructing Information and Reform, was named best book by the Academy of Management's Public and Nonprofit Division and received the Herbert Simon award from the American Political Science Association, which honors the book with the most significant influence in public administration scholarship in the last three to five years.
A native of Ireland, Moynihan completed his bachelor of arts degree in public administration at the University of Limerick and his master's and Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.